Where There’s Inflammation…

Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases and cancer. Research continues to suggest that where there’s inflammation, oral bacteria may also be found – even in seemingly strange places such as knees and other joints. Two more conditions now join the list: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction. …

Biosis #38: Mapping the Route to Healing, Essential Oils for Perio Health, & More!

The November 2012 Biosis, Dr. Verigin’s quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Feeding Your Brain Our self-talk is important! Most of us wouldn’t think of going a day without feeding our bodies with nourishing food. Why in the world would we not take time to feed our minds with nourishing …

A “Myth” Is as Good as a Mile

TV has never been the most reliable source of health news and information – a fact underscored by a recent Today Show segment pooh-poohing one of the most widely accepted manifestations of the oral-systemic connection: the link between periodontal and heart health. The “evidence” given to “prove” that link a “myth”? A superficial reference to …

Essential Oils & Healthy Gums

There’s a new, small study out suggesting that “essential oil mouth rinse” may not improve your periodontal health all that much if you’re already pretty diligent with your hygiene. So are essential oils just a kind of gimmick? It depends on what kind of oils you’re talking about. The study, published in the International Journal …

Better Than…

If you’re in profit-driven medicine, there are lots of ways you can expand your market. You can invent new “diseases” for your drug, device or therapy to treat. Or change the symptoms of old ones. Or repurpose old drugs for different conditions. Or invent new delivery systems for them. Enter Dexcel Pharma with their new …

One Way to Wreck Your Teeth & Gums

Yet more research continues to be done on the dental effects of oral piercings. (Someday, maybe we’ll see some research on their energetic implications, as well.*) The latest comes courtesy of the Australian Dental Journal: a survey of dental and periodontal conditions near the sites of 110 lip and 51 tongue piercings sported by 110 …

A Second Glance & Some News Is a Lot Less Interesting

Consider this recent story from io9: It’s true: The idea that a tooth dropped in soda will dissolve overnight is an urban legend. But does this mean that soda doesn’t damage your teeth? Nope. Evidence consistently shows that soft drinks erode enamel and contribute to caries (cavities; tooth decay). And in a similar fashion, even …

Is Flossing All That?

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All …

It’s Cheaper Than Replacing Teeth

Let’s face it: Periodontal treatment is expensive. And considering how many people suffer from some degree of gum disease – up to 75% of the US adult population – it’s an expense that lots of us may face at some point. Unfortunately, there are those who balk at the cost and decide to take their …